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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by sleepywombat, May 1, 2006.
If anyone has a set of black side panels and black rear fender for sale please PM me. Thanks!
Welcome to the wonderful world of the DR650.
What year is your DR, how many miles? Did you drop the bike on the left or right side? Since it's unusual to bend anything that's related to the chain, chances are the bike was buzzing before you dropped it. It's simple enough to get down on your knees next to the bike and follow the chain around its diameter, look for something touching.
The swingarm is the aluminum thingy running from your frame to the rear axle. Chain: There is supposed to be a fair bit of play, both up-n-down and side-to-side. There is a rubber piece running along the bottom of the swingarm, you should be able to push the chain up and touch it; at the rearmost end of the rubber.
Loosen it back up. The worst thing for your driveline is a chain that's too tight, don't make adjustments that you don't understand. :ddog
According to my ex-wife, so is I.
How old are you, any mechanical experience (you know, are ya a tool guy)? Fill in your profile (country or state, guys warm up to ya quicker), learn how to post pics (everybody loves pics), don't touch anything until you post a pic and ask what you need to do. It's mid winter, everyone is bored and looking for a new kid to teach how to do things right.
How to post a photo:
Everyone here wants to help you, don't run away.
This is what you do NOT want your chain to look like, post a pic of yours.
heres another good thing about the DRs smooth engine: makes a reasonable video platform
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Some good stuff there. Really like the underwater shot on the crossing.
Re: Maintenance - I buy a shop manual for anything motorized that I own. And I learn a ton here.
Sound advice for a 25 year old who has very little mechanical experience, and plenty of mechanical snafus to overcome.
Dropped it on the right side, wasn't going too fast but definitely got a little overcocky in my abilities. I'll take off the top roller as Carl suggested, and surely loosen the chain back up. Probably worth picking up the manual, too... I had the bike checked out by a mechanic before I bought it, the chain's not the newest but it does look good, def better in the sprockets than in the photos you put up. Thanks, and I'll be sure to post pictures for every problem!
Welcome crazy88 to the DR world. Ask and you shall receive!
has loads of info, parts, service manual and helpful hints.
Go here for most all the info you may need.
Here in Oz they're asking almost as much for a second hand one as a new one. I paid $6k for a black 2008 with about 3000kms last year (haggled down from $6.5k) New ones (with a 2yr warranty) were only $7400 at the time.
I love my bush pig but now realise it was used for 3 years on the run-in oil. Kinda wish I'd bought new, but neither of the available colours appeals to me.
Blackcap: very kewl video, good tunes too, thanks for posting. Did you say fuk?? Cause that's what I say anytime I drop my DR. The underwater bit was intimidating. Maybe you could give us GPS coordinates once inna while, where inna fook are you? SE Asia doesn't narrow it down much.
Recently you asked for solutions to dust getting through your carb's secondary air filter. I think I posted a link to this post:
Here's an update. I just cleaned that filter again and it was too dirty again. Here are photos of what I found.
Checking further I found that almost no dirt got thru the filter, even though the bike has 43,xxx miles. The tube has never been cleaned.
One side of the Q-tip, behind the secondary filter.
Other side of the same Q-tip.
That is awesome! And it is nice to see my parts in action...
None of us were born knowing this stuff, we learned it. Three years ago I was a 'lurker'. As I learned things, I started teaching others what I think I know. When I mess up, someone (or 6) will say so.
Overcocky is in our DNA, it's how guys work. It's also how we got men on the moon.
Carl is right.
Getting the bike checked by a mechanic was a very good idea.
Again, welcome to the site.
that looks exactly what im looking for. and the best part is inmate Chill came through with his old one that he no longer wants and even posted the thing for free. im trying to get the other video up of the dusty roads that did the damage but my upload limit for the week is finished and then im back in indonesia where its touch and go even uploading photos. thanks for the solution to this. its nice to know we have innovative people on board here coming up with simple solutions like this.
i should get one of the videos up just before i changed them out, you can hear the bike cough and almost die every time i open the throttle up from the closed position.
Looking forward to it.
I just recently got hi speed internet. Previously, photos, up or down, took a painfully long time to load.
Here's where we thank Rusty Rocket for the idea.
I think you mean the BMW Sertao ... It's really not close to the DR650 in most respects. To start with it's 60 or 70 lbs. heavier, has spindly little 41mm Showa forks and still carries some of the problems the old F650's had. I'd be careful what you wish for. Have you ever bought a new BMW?
Now check the MSRP : $8670 (base)
Sertao claims to have 48 BHP ... so figure about 40 HP at the rear wheel.
It's a beautiful bike with nicer clocks and switches. It is no smoother on the highway than a well set up DR650. Biggest advantage besides looks ... it gets about 65 MPG.
The bike that comes closer is the Husqvarna Terra. About $800 cheaper, better suspension, lighter. Will either go 50,000 miles without trouble?
Dunno. Still a BMW product.
In all honesty, I would go to the dealer and buy one tomorrow, only issue is they are not available in Europe any more
IMHO more wind protection means more plastics to break when dropping the bike off-road. Wind protection can be added to a bike if you wish, but in most cases you can't just take the plastics off a faired bike to make it more dirt worthy, so from my point of view the current form of the DR is the more versatile solution. Just my opinion though...
This could be the chance for re-introducing the DRs in Europe, they've been missing for 10 years now. I only hope they will keep it simple and light.
Hey, what type of headlight mask (fairing) is that? (visible at 04:53 in the video). Can you give us more information about it? Seems like a nice mod, allowing 2 HID projectors to be used.
Same here, if Suzuki were to make any changes I would rather see it receive better, fully adjustable suspension components.
thats brittiana composites lynx fairing. ive had a few issues with it breaking but they are redesigning it slowly there to improve things. regardless, the extra light is worth the few minor issues ive had. the biggest pain is people keep stopping me to tell me my headlight is broken when only the lowbeam is switched on haha
I bought a 2002 BMW F650GS new, essentially the same as the Sertao, when I got back into riding after a long break. My wife and I put a lot of miles on it, and it has still not had any problems at all. No engine problems, engine's never been apart except for routing valve checks; no FI issues at all, still has the original wheel bearings, it just keeps going on and on with its new owner.
It's got 115,000 kms on it now. Routine maintenance is the key to longevity with any machine.
The Terra is made mostly in China, IMO, it won't hold up as well as the Sertao. But still, most folks would be able to get 50K out of either without troubles.
That being said, I doubt MY DR will get 50K miles without at least a top end. That kind of thing reflects just as much on the how the bike is ridden as much as what brand/model it is.